Saturday, 22 October 2016

Huda Beauty Rose Gold Palette Review

To say I was excited about this palette would be an understatement. Having seen various American beauty bloggers and bloggers talk about this, I got myself onto the waitlist at Cult Beauty to be notified as soon as it was released, and got in there straight away. 

This palette contains 18 shades, and leans very warm toned so is perfect for this time of year and the pressed pigments are going to be ideal for the festive season too. It contains a mixture of satins, mattes and foils, with the foils being unlike any eyeshadow I've ever felt before. The colours are absolutely spot on, combining shadows for everyday wear (Suede, Coco, Sandalwood and Moon Dust are great for this) with some more 'out there' shades for when you want to go for more of a dramatic look. 

The price point of this is absolutely insane coming in at £56, but (girl logic!) it averages out at £3 per shadow, which considering the foils are so beautiful, makes me able to justify it... just about. 

The star shades of this palette are on the top row (and Blessed, from the second row!), and one thing to note is that these foils are designed to be applied with fingers to get the best pigmentation and finish. Huda also suggests that a fixing spray onto a brush, making it damp, will give a similar effect. When used with fingers, these come out so beautifully intense and are perfect for finishing of the look in the centre of the eyelid. 

The shimmers are also highly pigmented (Angelic & Moondust)and Moondust is ideal for an inner corner highlight. 

Where this palette lacks ever so slightly is on the mattes, black truffle is not the most pigmented matte black I own (Anastasia and Urban Decay both beat this one unfortunately) and flamingo doesn't come out as bright pink as I'd like. That said, the mattes do all blend together nicely when applying them with a brush and the pigmentation is better on some of the other mattes, namely Henna, Sandalwood, Maneater and Coco have a much better payoff. 

I trialled these out, using Sandalwood in the crease, blended out with Henna and Maneater and deepening up with Coco and Black Truffle in the outer corners. I've used Moon Dust in the inner corner to highlight and Trust Fund right in the centre of the eye. These colours look great with green/brown eyes to really make them pop. 

Despite the crazy price tag and a couple of disappointing mattes, on the whole this palette is really great and I can see myself using this A LOT over the next few months, especially to Christmas parties. I think Moon Dust may also have become my favourite inner corner highlight.

Have you managed to get your hands on this limited edition palette? What are your thoughts? 

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

The Unexpected Beauty Favourite that You Need

If asked what your number 1 beauty essential was, what would you say? Your holy grail foundation? That perfect red lipstick? Or that fragrance that just smells like you? Mine has to be this book, Pretty Honest by the beautiful Sali Hughes because I literally consult it for everything. From what to buy my girlfriends for their birthdays to what foundation suits your skin tone, to how to act when visiting a beauty counter; this book has all the beauty information that you could ever need. 

My favourite thing about this book is the manner in which it's written, it's almost like you're getting beauty advice from your mum or a really good friend. Like the name suggests, it's totally honest (sometimes a bit too honest, I quote "I've no idea who first decreed that all women over 35 should cut off their hair, but I'd be mustard-keen to knock them out") but that's what makes it great. 

It's all of the questions you've always wanted to ask (like, how do I approach a beauty counter?) rolled into a handy book that I can honestly say is like my bible; I refer to it whenever I need some beauty inspiration or advice. My favourite sections are Red Lipstick, Foundation, Getting the Perfect Manicure and Pedicure and How to Look Good in a Picture, but there are so many more. 

If you are stuck for a gift to get the girl who has everything, this is perfect. I received it as a gift from one of my best friends, and it has been in pride of place on my bedside table since, I can't recommend this enough. 

Have you read this book? Do you have any other beauty book recommendations? I'd love to try out some more!

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Naked Dupes - W7 vs Urban Decay

The Naked palette is one of the most talked about eyeshadow palettes on the market, but at almost £40 a pop, they aren't affordable for everybody. These two took me longer than I would like to admit to realise just how identical they were, but I am so glad I did. The W7 palette is less than a quarter of the price of the naked palette, which makes it a great alternative for those with less cash or those looking to try out the colours without splashing out £38.50.

W7 as a brand have a number of products which look similar to higher priced cosmetics, from eyeshadows to lipsticks and mascaras. Most of these can be found by searching on Amazon, so if you are interested in the range it's definitely worth a look.

Above you can see the two palettes side by side. The W7 palette is at the top with the original Naked palette underneath. The colours are near on identical, the only exception being the matte shade thee colours in from the left has a slight difference, but I actually prefer the colour in the W7 palette (as you may be able to tell by the fact it has hit pan!) 

On swatch, there is a very slight difference in pigmentation and smoothness of the application. Above on the top row is the Naked Palette with the W7 palette swatched on the bottom row. The most noticeable difference is in the shimmer shades, W7 shades seem to have more chunky glitter, whereas the Naked palette shimmer shades are more finely milled and blended. This is a minor difference however, and as you can judge for yourselves by the swatches they are really very similar in pigmentation. 

In terms of wear time, I was really impressed with the W7 palette. It doesn't last quite as long as the Naked palette, but with a primer underneath will easily last a work day. 

If you are looking into the Naked Palette, the W7 is almost spot on in terms of a very affordable dupe, but since the difference in price is so huge, it seems crazy not to try the W7 first! 

Have you ever tried any W7 products? 

Friday, 19 August 2016

The Cutest Liquid Lipsticks Around - Kylie Birthday Edition Mini Set

I couldn't quite contain my excitement for these little beauties to arrive. In case you have been living under a rock (or just away from Twitter....) Kylie Jenner released a new Limited Edition product line for her 19th birthday, including liquid eyeliner, cream eyeshadows and new lip shades. Out of the whole collection, the one item that drew me in was this mini kit containing some of the most coveted Kylie shades of the matte liquid lipstick, along with her new shade Leo, exclusively produced with Gold for Kylie's birthday. 

The shades included in this kit are shown below from L-R; Leo, Exposed, Dolce K, Candy K, Koko K and Kristen. As you may already know from my previous posts, I was dying to try Exposed, and the new Leo shade also drew me in as a good dark burgundy shade is a must in any girl's collection. 

 The packaging is completely adorable, and matches in with the gold theme across this whole line, and because these are so small it makes them perfect for carrying around in your handbag or clutch. Each lipstick contains 0.65ml of product which, let's face it, isn't a huge amount and I don't think these will last me too long; but it was great to be able to try out all these shades without investing in the full sizes. 

The formula of these is the same as the other lip kits I own, very comfortable and long wearing. The same sweet scent has also been included on these, they smell good enough to eat!

My favourite from this collection took me by surprise, it's actually Kristen which is another new shade released for the summer (far right). It's a perfect berry red shade which can be worn easily both day and night. Exposed is also a great every day nude shade, Kylie just seems to nail the shades every time! 

Which one of these colours is your favourite? Have you tried any of the Kylie Lip Kits?

Get Your Glow On - Becca Backlight Priming Filter

Now summer time is upon us, the desire to have glowing, radiant skin is greater than ever. Enter Becca Backlight Priming Filter. This product is designed to be worn underneath foundation to provide your skin a beautiful "lit from within" glow, making your skin look healthier and brighter. 

The texture of this is so smooth, it glides over the skin and makes it a pleasure to apply. In terms of longevity of makeup on top of this; I can't say I've noticed much of a difference, however even when your foundation begins to wear off, your skin still looks glowing. The scent is also dreamy, I can't quite explain it but it just smells expensive and feels so luxury on the skin. 

I have honestly fallen in love with this so quickly, and I'm already considering getting a back up copy - that's when you know it's true love! 

A perfect primer if you are looking for glowing, healthy looking skin. Have you tried this? Do you have any similar products that are more budget-friendly? I'd love to know!

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Mix & Mask - The Beauty Box for Face Mask Addicts

Face masks are an absolute staple in my skincare routine; there is a mask for every skin concern, whether you have dry skin, an acne breakout around that time of the month, or your skin needs rebalancing. Origins does face masks better than any other brand, containing some of my favourite masks from the Clear Improvement Charcoal Cleansing Mask to the By All Greens Deep Cleansing Mask (see previous review here!) So when I saw that Latest in Beauty had done a collaboration with the lovely Jane from British Beauty Blogger and Origins, I knew I had to have it. 

The box contains 2 full sized products. The first is their new Maskimizer, a Skin Optimising Primer spray designed to hydrate and soften skin so it's fully ready for a mask. The second full-size is their Vitazing Energy Boosting Moisturiser with SPF15, a tinted moisturiser with a sheer tint; perfect for lazy summer weekends. 

In addition, there are 3 luxury samples of their most popular masks, one being brand new. The first is the Drink Up Intensive (30ml) which has long been my hydrating overnight treatment of choice; with a beautiful fruity scent, you can guarantee your skin will look plump the morning after. The second is their By All Greens Deep Cleansing Mask (25ml) which you can read all about on my blog post here which is designed to really cleanse the skin leaving it fresh and bright. The final (and the one I am most excited for!) is the new Ginzing Peel-Off Mask. Am I the only one who finds it oddly satisfying to use a peel-off product? Aside from the novelty of the peel-off, this mask aims to peel off dry skin leaving it looking bright and renewed.  

Finally there are 4 mask pods which contain enough product for a single use, and are perfect for travelling. They are also brilliant for if you only have a spot outbreak once in a blue moon and don't need the full size (if this is you, PLEASE tell me your skincare secrets!). These retail for £2.50 each if you wanted to buy them individually, but the box contains Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask, Out of Trouble Mask for Problem Skin, Original Skin Retexturising Mask and the Drink Up Mask. A great way to try these masks out too before you commit to buying the full size. 

I can honestly say this is my favourite beauty box I have ever received, and I really hope Latest in Beauty bring out some more boxes like this!

 If you want to sign up to see Latest in Beauty's new releases, check their site out here. They have a huge selection of boxes, so you're bound to find something you like. Happy masking!

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit - The MVP of Highlighters

Ah, the Anastasia Glow Kit in "That Glow'.I bet you've seen this just about everywhere, and if I'm honest, I'm a sucker for hyped up products so on my latest trip to the US, I headed to Sephora to see if I could pick it up. I was pleased to see they had loads available, so I snapped this one up. I did have a look at the other colours, however this one jumped out to be a more summer-appropriate palette. I wanted something with the bronze colour that could give my skin a bit of a healthy glow. 

The four colours that come in this palette are as follows:
Sunburst -  a bright yellow-toned highlighter, although on swatch the yellow tone disappears into an almost silvery bright highlighter. Perfect for the very tops of cheekbones and under the brow bone. 
Golden Bronze - a darker bronze colour, perfect for using around the edge of the face to give a bronzed glow. This is one of my favourites, and would work well as a cheekbone highlighter on darker skin tones than mine.
Bubbly - a gold/pink champagne shade (i'm guessing this is where the name came from!). I also use this one for cheekbone highlight or a blush topper.
Dripping in Gold - as the name suggests, this is a very gold-toned highlighter, perfect for putting on top of bronzer for a golden glow, or on the collar bones if you are going on a summer evening out. 

The beauty of these is that they are so incredibly pigmented, and could also easily be used as eyeshadows. Sunburst is perfect for inner corner highlight or to put right into the centre of the lid. The texture of these is so soft, you hardly need to touch the product to get a beautiful sweep of highlight. In terms of the shimmer, it's very finely milled, and does not have any chunks of glitter at all meaning the finish it gives on the skin is much more natural and soft. I don't think I have anything bad to say about it!

This palette isn't cheap, however the size of the pans is very generous; I can't see myself running out of these any time soon. For me, this makes it worth the price as you're getting so much product.

So there we have it, as I said in the title, the MVP of highlighters. This is without a doubt my favourite highlighter collection that I own and I can't see myself needing any more highlighters for a long time (until the next hype :) )

Have you tried this palette? What's your favourite highlighter?